South America

[ppp_non_patron_only]Travelling in South America was both a fascinating and disappointing trip. It came immediately after 2 years of life in San Diego. Whilst the countries visited, their cities and cultures, the people and the geography were extraordinary and...

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When life gives you lemons…

There is always this floating question about the nature of ukemi, what it is and what it isn’t. I don’t want to get too much into it as there is enough material out there already but I will try to share some experience of it. Anyone who has been on the receiving end...

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Where are you?

Where are you? Where are the young people in Aikido? I am talking about the 10 – 15 year olds but even more so the 16 – 25 year olds. The life of a dojo or anything for that matter is dependent on the youth in society to fill in the space behind the grown ups. Aikido...

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Gradings and development

Why do we bother with them? Why does a non competitive martial art continue to use gradings and their reward, a promotion followed by a certificate as a measure of achievement? It doesn’t take much effort to realise that there is a massive disparity in quality between...

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